Steering Column Screeches When Moving – 2014-2016 Acura MDX & RLX

B14-031
October 5, 2016
04964  Version 5

00266-01756 Version 4

 

Steering Column Screeches When Moving

Supersedes 14-031, dated June 18, 2016, to revise the information highlighted in yellow

 

AFFECTED VEHICLES

Year Model Trim VIN Range
2014–15 MDX ALL ALL
2016 MDX AWD 5FRYD4H..GB000001 thru 5FRYD4H..GB060678
2016 MDX 2WD 5FRYD3H..GB000000 thru 5FRYD3H..GB020816
2014–16 RLX ALL ALL

 

REVISION SUMMARY

Under AFFECTED VEHICLES, additional information was added.

 

SYMPTOM

In high ambient temperatures, the steering column screeches or squeals when it moves in or out.

 

POSSIBLE CAUSES

Premature wear of the steering column gearbox components.

 

CORRECTIVE ACTION

Replace the steering column assembly.

 

PARTS INFORMATION

Part Name Part Number Quantity
Steering Column (2014–15 MDX) 53200-TZ5-A52 1
Steering Column (2016 MDX) 53200-TZ5-A62 1
Steering Column (RLX) 53200-TY2-A03 1
Driver’s Knee Airbag Bolts (MDX) 90178-TZ5-003 4
Driver’s Knee Airbag Bolts (RLX) 90178-SNA-003 4
Steering Lock Kit (bracket and two left-hand thread bolts) 06352-TX4-A11 Steering Column Screeches When Moving - 2014-2016 Acura MDX & RLX » small light 1
Steering Wheel Bolt 90161-TX4-000 Steering Column Screeches When Moving - 2014-2016 Acura MDX & RLX » small light 1
Driver’s Airbag Bolts 90134-S6A-A80 2

 

WARRANTY CLAIM INFORMATION

The normal warranty applies.

Operation Number Description Flat Rate Time Template ID Defect Code Symptom Code Failed Part Number
510100 Remove and replace the steering column.

(2014–16 RLX)

1.1 hrs 14-031N 07409 04201  

53200-TY2-A02

D Add for alignment. 0.4 hr 14-031P
510100 Remove and replace the steering column.

(2014–15 MDX)

1.8 hrs 14-031Q 07409 04201 53200-TZ5-A51
D Add for alignment. 0.4 hr 14-031R
510100 Remove and replace the steering column.

(2016 MDX)

1.8 hrs 14-031S 07409 04201 53200-TZ5-A61
D Add for alignment. 0.4 hr 14-031T

 

Skill Level: Repair Technician

 

REPAIR PROCEDURE

  1. Do the battery terminal disconnection procedure.
  2. Remove the driver’s airbag.
  3. Remove the steering wheel.
  4. Remove the driver’s dashboard lower cover.
  5. Remove the steering column cover.
  6. Disconnect the combination switch connectors and remove the clip.

combination switch connectors

 

  1. Remove the clips and disconnect the following connectors:

Remove the clips and disconnect the following connectors

 

  1. Remove the combination switch body assembly from the steering column shaft.

combination switch

 

  1. Disconnect the driver’s knee airbag inflator connector, then remove the mounting bolts.

driver’s knee airbag inflator

 

  1. MDX Only: Remove the driver’s side kick panel.
  2. MDX Only: Remove the driver’s side center console cover.
  3. Remove the steering joint cover.

steering joint cover

 

  1. Hold the lower side shaft on the column with a piece of wire between the joint yoke of the lower side shaft and the joint yoke of the upper shaft to prevent the lower slide shaft from pulling out.

lower slide shaft

 

  1. Remove the steering joint bolt, then disconnect the steering joint from the pinion shaft.

NOTE: If the center guide is in place and has not moved, leave it in place. If the center guide has come off, discard it.

steering joint

 

  1. Remove the steering column.

steering column

 

  1. 2014–15 RLX/MDX Only: Center punch both of the two shear bolts and drill out the heads with a 5 mm (0.20 in) drill bit.

NOTE: The shear bolts have left-hand threads.

shear bolts

 

  1. Install the steering lock onto the new steering column with the new bracket and new left- hand thread bolts.

new bracket and new left- hand thread bolts

 

  1. Install the steering column.

NOTE: Make sure the connectors are securely connected and the wires are not caught or pinched by any parts.

steering column

 

  1. Remove the wire.

wire

 

  1. Set the rack in the straight-ahead position and slip the steering joint onto the pinion shaft.

NOTE: If the pinion shaft has a guide, install the steering joint by aligning the center guide. If the pinion shaft does not have a guide, position the steering column by aligning the gap within the angle.

steering joint

 

  1. Align the bolt hole on the steering joint with the groove around the pinion shaft and loosely install the steering joint bolt. Be sure the joint bolt is securely in the groove. Pull on the steering joint to make sure the bolt is fully seated, then tighten it to RLX 29 N∙m (21 lb-ft), MDX 31 N.m (23 lb-ft).

steering joint bolt

 

  1. Install the steering joint cover.

steering joint cover

 

  1. Install the driver’s knee airbag and torque the new mounting bolts to 4 N∙m (6.9 lb-ft). Then, connect the driver’s knee airbag inflator connector.

driver’s knee airbag

 

  1. Install the combination switch body assembly and tighten the three screws in the numbered sequence as shown.

combination switch

 

  1. Install the clips and connect the following connectors:

Install the clips and connect the following connectors

 

  1. Install the clip and connect the combination switch connectors.

combination switch connectors

 

  1. Install the column cover.
  2. Install the driver’s dashboard lower cover.
  3. Install the steering wheel and tighten the new steering wheel bolt.

NOTE: The steering wheel bolt is coated with either a green or blue thread lock. The specified torque value varies depending on the type of steering wheel bolt used.

Green-Coated Bolts: 49 N∙m (36 lb-ft)

Blue-Coated Bolts: 60 N∙m (44 lb-ft).

  1. Install the driver’s airbag and torque the new Torx bolts to 4 N∙m (6.9 lb-ft).
  2. Do the battery terminal connection procedure.
  3. Check the wheel alignment and adjust it if necessary.
  4. Do the VSA sensor neutral position memorization procedure.
  5. MDX Only: Do the steering angle sensor neutral position clear procedure.
  6. RLX Only: Do the steering rack end stop position learning procedure.
  7. Do the driving position memory clear procedure.

NOTE: If the driving position memory is not cleared, the column will not have its full range of travel.

 

END

 

 

B14-031

 

 

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